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Search of 5000-Year Old Civilization in Nader Tepe
16 July 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of the defensive wall of a
military fortress in Nader Tepe historical site, in Ardabil province, has raised
new hopes for archeologists to find residential areas belonging to different
periods of time in this area.
Initial excavations in Nader Tepe historical site revealed that this area must
have been used as a settlement area from the third millennium BCE, to the beginnings
of the post-Sasanian period in 651 CE.
“After two weeks of stratigraphy works in this historical hill, we succeeded
in discovering a defensive wall which is the remains of a military fortress
belonging to the post-Sasanian period,” said Karim Alizadeh, head of
excavation team in Nader Tepe historical site.
Alizadeh believes that this historical site may provide archeologists some
important information about different layers of civilization in this part of
Iran. “Nader Tepe is one of the few historical sites in northwestern Iran
which contains evidence of continual settlement belonging to different
historical periods,” added Alizadeh.
According to Alizadeh, only the layers belonging to the post-Sasanian period
have been excavated and studied so far. “We are hopping to reach to some more
ancient layers with the continuation of our archeological excavations in this
historical site. We will do our best to finish the stratigraphy studies within
the first season; however, we will have to extent the period for another season
for carrying out archeological excavations in this historical site,” explained
Nader Tepe, which according to some historical texts is known to have a relation
with the Nader Shah’s investiture, the founder of Afsharid dynasty in 1736, is
a rich archeological site in Ardabil province, locating close to the border of
Iran and the former province of Arran, today known as the Republic of Azerbaijan
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